One of the projects presented at Havana’s International Book Fair this February has been ‘Cuba en digital’, a project designed to promote the development of new information technologies and communications on the island to the general public.
The initiative is led by Cuban entities such as Desoft, the Youth Computer and Electronics Club (‘Joven Club’), Havana’s University of Computer Science (UCI), the Centre for Information Technologies and Telematic Services (Citmatel), the Cuban Book Institute, the Ministry of Telecommunications. , the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA SA) and several publishers.
In addition to all the new books at the Fair, they presented applications, games, videos, educational DVDs, audiobooks and more.
The main initiative of Joven Club was the presentation of ‘Ecured portable’ and ‘Ecumóvil’, two products that give access to the Cuban collaborative encyclopedia Ecured [Cuba’s own wikipedia] from different platforms and enable updating entries.
Likewise, the app [known as apk in Cuba] for the Book Fair itself designed for android devices, created by the company ‘Desoft’, the ebooks of several educational institutions, the interactive site of the Ministry of Justice and the online ‘Estanquillo’ stand out among the new items offered.
‘Cuba en digital’ hosted presentations of brochures, books and specialized magazines, from the UCI, the University of Medical Sciences, the Union of Computer Scientists of Cuba and the publishers Futuro, Citmatel, Molino Blanco, Cubaliteraria and Havana university.
Several meetings and panels were also hosted, designed to demonstrate the technological advances from different social sectors and the results.